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Wenger Looking To Offload Fringe Players To Fund Club-Record Bid For Thomas Lemar

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will have to break the club transfer record for the second time this summer to rope in Thomas Lemar form Ligue 1 giants AS Monaco.

Lemar looks set for a move to The Gunners

Wenger is keen on signing the 21-year-old winger but Ligue 1 champions Monaco have set an asking price of £80m for the French star in order to fend off clubs that are interested in securing his signatures this summer.

Wenger is confident that a deal can be completed – but for that he will have to offload the fringe players to fund the hefty asking price for Lemar.

Arsenal splurged £42.5m for Mesut Ozil in 2013 and now £52m to land Alexandre Lacazette earlier this month.

But now it is understood that Wenger will have to smash the club’s transfer record again to sign Lemar, who is keen on making a switch to Arsenal this summer.

Monaco are not willing to sell Lemar.

However, Ligue 1 champions AS Monaco, who have already offloaded Bernardo Silva to Manchester City and Tiemoue Bakayoko to Chelsea – do not want to sell too many of their stars this summer.

It seems that Monaco will tie down teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe amid huge interest from top-flight European clubs but they are set to face an uphill task in holding on to Lemar, with Arsenal having already launched two bids and are now plotting an improved offer for the French youngster.

Giroud is not sure about his Gunners future.

But for matching Monaco’s asking price, Arsenal will have to sell fringe players – starting with Olivier Giroud, who has been linked with Everton but he could be set to move to Dortmund, who are keen on signing him to replace Chelsea target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

wojciech szczesny looking sad
Looking for a new club

It is understood that Kieran Gibbs, Mathieu Debuchy, Wojciech Szczesny and Carl Jenkinson are all set to part ways with the Gunners after they missed the club’s pre-season tour to Australia and the Far East to sort out their futures.

Perez is set to leave this summer after lacking game-time under Wenger.

Meanwhile, unsettled striker Lucas Perez is all set to leave this summer – with former club Deportivo La Coruna in pole position to offer him an escape route.

Ospina is not wanted at Arsenal.

Arsenal’s No2 keeper David Ospina was set to join Fenerbehce but now transfer talks between the two clubs have broken down – making it difficult for Arsenal to make way for new signings.

Sanchez has been linked with a move away form the Emirates this summer.

Arsenal are desperate to tie down their prized asset – Alexis Sanchez, who has made it clear because he wants Champions League football. Man City are in pole position to rope in the Chilean, but the Gunners are not willing to sell him to a Premier League rival, and Wenger would not want to release two forwards if Giroud leaves.

Calum Chambers has been linked with several Premier League clubs this summer.

Calum Chambers looks set to leave on permanent transfer, having spent the last season on loan at Middlesbrough. Crystal Palace, West Brom and Leicester have shown huge interest in signing the 22-year-old English defender this summer.

Anirban Das
Anirban Das's journey to Delhi via Kolkata involves football, music, curiosity (which one day can kill the cat) and food. Following global football opens up an infinite space within him in both the conscious and subconscious self, away from the din and bustle of the madding crowd. Supports Manchester United & Barcelona

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